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NBC Fines Channels, Arise TV, AIT Over #EndSARS Coverage

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The National Broadcasting Commission has on Monday slammed sanctions on some major broadcast stations in Nigeria for what it termed “unprofessional coverage” of the #EndSARS protests over the past few weeks.

Announcing the move, at a press conference in Abuja, Prof. Armstrong Idachaba who is acting Director-General of the broadcasting regulating body said the affected media houses including Arise News, African Independent Television (AIT) and Channels Television were fined between N2 million and N3 million each for flouting the provisions of the Nigerian broadcasting code.

Earlier, NBC had warned all television and radio stations against reporting the #EndSARS protests in a manner that could embarrass the government or private individuals or cause disaffection, incite to panic or rift in the society.

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Gombe Judge Petitions CJN, Alleges Illegal Exclusion from CJ List

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Justice Beatrice Iliya of Gombe State High Court has petitioned the National Judicial Council (NJC) over the exclusion of her name from the list of judges to be considered for appointment as chief judge of Gombe State.

Meanwhile, president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Olumide Akpata, said, in reaction to Iliya’s exclusion, the NJC should stamp out discrimination in the country’s judiciary.

Justice Iliya contends the omission of her name from the list sent to the Njc by the Gombe State judicial service commission was a violation of the NJC directive on the appointment of a chief judge.

She says, as the most senior judge on the Gombe State High Court bench, there was no justification for her name not to be sent to the NJC.

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Money Laundering: Court Begins Trial Of Pension Fmr. Boss, Maina In Absentia

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An Abuja federal high court has started in absentia, the trial of former chairman of the defunct pension reformed task team, Abdulrasheed Maina.  He is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on two billion naira money laundering charges.

Justice Okon Abang has now declared him as having jumped bail because the former pension boss has failed to appear at subsequent proceedings since September.

The judge had earlier revoked Maina’s bail and has ordered his arrest.

In an earlier ruling on Monday, the judge also ordered the remand of Maina’s bail surety, senator Ali Ndume, until he is able to produce the fleeing defendant in court or pay his n500m bail bond to the federal government.

Maina was again absent at the resumed hearing in the case on Tuesday.

No attorney showed up in court to represent him or his company which is charged as the second defendant.

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Cross River College Of Health Technology Embarks On Strike

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Workers at the Cross River College of Health Technology have kicked off a warning strike, protesting against the state government’s suspension of the academic salary structure of the consolidated polytechnic and colleges of education.

Chairman of Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, Bright Ewona says the suspension of the salary structure in November last year was “unwarranted.”

Ewona further says the workers’ salary structures were approved by the national salaries, income and wages commission ten years ago and was implemented the following year for all polytechnics, monotechnics and colleges of health technology in Nigeria.

ASUP says the sudden withdrawal of these structures from the college last year after the re-accreditation of the college was unfortunate and disappointing.

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